There are over 1,500 trained Union Learning Reps in Scotland.

Scottish Union Learning

Statement of Purpose

Scottish Union Learning supports trade unions in accessing skills and lifelong learning opportunities that contribute to collective prosperity, fairness and equality, for workers across Scotland. Scottish Union Learning is part of the STUC.

This website is a dedicated resource for trade unions and Union Learning Representatives in Scotland.

Within this site you can find lots of information on lifelong learning and skills. Check out the News section for the latest and greatest from trade unions and Scottish Union Learning. If you are looking for support in specific areas, you may wish to visit the Everyday Skills section or the Highlands and Islands section.

If you have an idea for another resource you think we should include or develop, let us know!


To view STUC vacancies, including for the open Director of Scottish Union Learning and the Funding & Policy Officer positions, click here.

To view affiliate and other vacancies, click here.

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Modern ApprenticeshipToolkit

Download a copy of the refreshed Modern Apprenticeship Toolkit, with case studies, published in April 2014. View the Scottish Union Learning Modern Apprenticeship Section


Latest News

Scottish Union Learning Welcomes Announcement of Continued Funding

1st May 2015

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has welcomed the First Minister’s announcement of continued funding for Scottish Union Learning, including £840,000 of funding, which will replace funding that was previously provided by the European Social Fund. The money is on top of the £1.4 million already allocated to Scottish Union Learning in 2015/16. The announcement was made by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon last week at STUC Annual Congress in Ayr and will help trade union members in Scotland to access training and enhance their skills.

Union Learning Booms in the Shipyards Industry

21st April 2015

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has announced that the recipient of the 10th Annual STUC Helen Dowie Award for Lifelong Learning is Billy McKay, a Unite Union Learning Representative at BAE Systems in Govan.

Scottish Union Learning Annual Report 2014

17th March 2015

The 2014 Scottish Union Learning Annual Report is now available online.

On Newstands this Week: Highlands and Islands ESF Learning Supplement

11th March 2015

Scottish Union Learning in the Highlands and Islands has produced a 16-page newspaper supplement to celebrate the learning that has taken place over the four years of its ESF and Scottish Government funded project, which has just ended. The supplement is being distributed in 15 H&I newspaper titles this week.

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2014 Scottish Union Learning Annual Report is Now Available

The 2014 Scottish Union Learning Annual Report is now available to download online. You can read about the latest achievements of trade unions in lifelong learning and everyday skills. View the Scottish Union Learning Annual Report